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The Whale

HD   G Closed Captioning

Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit

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About the Movie

THE WHALE tells the true story of a young, wild killer whale - an orca - nicknamed Luna, who lost contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia and turned up alone in a narrow stretch of sea between the mountains, a place called Nootka Sound. THE WHALE celebrates the life of a smart, friendly, determined, transcendent being from the other world of the sea who appeared among us like a promise out of the blue: that the greatest secrets in life are still to be discovered. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds (SAFE HOUSE, GREEN LANTERN).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A documentary ideal for schoolrooms, family viewing and discussion. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Sep 23, 2011

Rotten: Docu dotes on its adorable, highly photogenic star, but nonstop voiceover commentary and exclamations of wonderment tend to lessen rather than enhance its impact. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Sep 23, 2011

Fresh: Thoughtful and moving, if often heavy-handed... – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Sep 29, 2011

Fresh: Serious-minded, thought-provoking animal documentary will have a lengthy life, mostly in ancillary markets. – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 23, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Saw this film on TV and still bought it here. It's that good!

Fantastic and touching film. Loved it on Knowledge and bought it here too. Wonderful. The world needs more of this kind of media. Great work!


Beautifully crafted story of connection with another being. We loved it and plan to share it.


if you have seen saving luna on tv .. its the same movie with ryan reynold speaking but its still really sad and touching that something so wonderfull happened in my country the first friendly killer whale !!!

The Whale
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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